What kind of damage do rats cause in an attic?

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Rats, just like a whole host of other wild animals, can cause a serious amount of damage when left to their own devices. The attic is often one of the most hardest hit spaces, a place in your home that is seldom disrupted, warm, dry, and quite easy to break into. When was the last time you performed an inspection around your home that helped you to identify problem spots that could enable a wild critter to get inside?



The damage that rats can cause to an attic is extensive, and it is often very expensive to repair once the rats have been eradicated. You will also find that most homeowners insurance policies do not cover damage from rats. Pest control is the responsibility of the homeowner. That's what they think anyway.

Rats will chew and gnaw through any material put in their way. If there is electrical wiring, they will chew right through it. If you have rats in your garage, for example, the rats can easily crawl through essential wiring in your vehicle. There HAVE been cases where rats have chewed through brake cables, cables that are necessary for a car to start, and much more. This is obviously very dangerous, and is just one reason why you should make sure there aren't any rats in the garage as well as the attic and other areas of your home.

Nothing will be safe in your attic. The insulation, for example, will be chomped through, torn apart, and used as nesting and bedding material. The electrical wiring will not be safe, and as well as causing power outages, could even pose a serious fire hazard to your home also. These are all things that will need to repaired after the rats have been removed, and as we’ve said before, the repair bill can come into the thousands if the problem has been present for a rather long time.

Let's go back to that insulation for a moment though. The insulation of your home is meant to protect your home - keeping the warm air in during the winter, and the hot air out during the summer so that the air conditioning works and it's a bearable temperature. When you take away that insulation, or rather, when the rats take away that insulation, you will be losing hot air during the cold weather, and losing the cool air during the hot too. That will increase your utility bills, and that's before you get into the realms of how much it could cost to re-insulate your home.

Moving on from the insulation, and we have a poo and pee problem. These rats need to go to the bathroom somewhere, and they just so have a habit of doing it as they run around. Both urine and feces come with bacterial threats, and also a very serious danger of disease-spreading too, and it’ll soon start to smell bad, especially when the warmer weather comes back around.

When the rats steal your pets food, bacteria could be passed onto your pets, making them very ill indeed. The rats will also cause damage by trying to break into your home also, and finding multiple points of entry. Small holes will be made much bigger with sharp teeth and claws, and that'll open the way for other, larger wild animals to invade too. That's before you start to investigate the flies and maggots that these rats - their waste matter and decomposing bodies - also attract.

To say that rats could cause a lot of damage is definitely an understatement. It has been reported that over $500 million worth of damage is done across US homes every year because of rats, and we would definitely recommend taking a peek around tonight to make sure you won't be another homeowner to add to that statistic.

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Read more educational guides I wrote:
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How to find and remove a dead rat
What should I do if I find a nest of rats in the attic?

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